20 Mar 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 20 MARCHBrussels Daily
Statement by the Presidents of the European Council, the European Commission and the Eurogroup on Greece
“We fully adhere to the agreement of the Eurogroup of 20 February 2015. In the spirit of mutual trust, we are all committed to speed up the work and conclude it as fast as possible. Within the framework of the Eurogroup agreement of 20 February 2015, the Greek authorities will have the ownership of the reforms and will present a full list of specific reforms in the next days. We reconfirmed the practical agreement on the process: The policy talks take place in Brussels. The fact-finding missions take place in Athens. The Eurogroup stands ready to reconvene as soon as possible.” The statement is available online.
Ukraine joins the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
Today, Ukraine has signed an agreement to join Horizon 2020, the European Union’s €80 bn research funding programme, on equal terms with EU Member States and other associated countries. This is the first EU programme in which Ukraine has chosen to participate following the beginning of the provisional application of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. New funding for research and innovation will open up new opportunities for Ukrainian research institutions, universities and businesses to support the country’s economic development. The agreement was signed this morning in Kyiv by Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Serhiy Kvit, Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine. On the occasion, Commissioner Moedas said: “I am very pleased to welcome Ukraine into our EU research funding programme Horizon 2020. Ukraine has chosen to invest in its knowledge and in its people. Chosen to contribute to the common goals of the wider science and technology community. Ukraine’s great research and innovation potential offers promising partnerships for Europe. And Ukraine will now have access to the full spectrum of activities funded under Horizon 2020, helping spur its economy. I hope Ukraine will make the most of these opportunities.” More information is available online.
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